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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Welcome to HK's world party

To our friends and visitors from around the world, Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to Hong Kong's International Chinese New Year Night Parade.


I am thrilled to be here, with you, for one of the most spectacular, most anticipated, Chinese New Year celebrations in the world. 


We are all here to welcome the Year of the "Loong". In Chinese culture, the "loong" - people usually call it the dragon - symbolises nobility, good fortune and vitality. It is going to be a year of auspicious opportunities, and dragon-sized blessings for us all!


And there is no better way to celebrate this first day of the year than with Hong Kong's world party, a night parade filled with fantastic floats, alongside more international performing groups and stars than this sparkling extravaganza has ever seen before.


And as dazzling, as unforgettable, as this evening promises, it is only the beginning! 


Tomorrow night, it is the annual Lunar New Year fireworks spectacular, lighting up our Victoria Harbour. And Hong Kong's vibrant, East-meets-West culture, will keep you dragon-dancing, day and night.


Chief Executive John Lee gave these remarks at the 2024 International Chinese New Year Night Parade on February 10.

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